bom·​bas·​tic | \ bäm-ˈba-stik How to pronounce bombastic (audio) \

Definition of bombastic

: marked by or given to speech or writing that is given exaggerated importance by artificial or empty means : marked by or given to bombast : pompous, overblown

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Other Words from bombastic

bombastically \ bäm-​ˈba-​sti-​k(ə-​)lē How to pronounce bombastically (audio) \ adverb

Examples of bombastic in a Sentence

a bombastic speech intended to impress the voters in her congressional district

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The word choice is telling, for if the policy wonk is smart, meticulous, and objective, his or her evil twin is the emotional, bombastic, and partisan politician. John Patrick Leary, The New Republic, "How Washington’s Elite Learned to Love Policy Wonks," 5 July 2019 If Real are to install a fresh brand of bombastic, attacking football, then Pogba could easily be the man to help deliver it., "Assessing Where Paul Pogba Should Be Playing His Football in 2019/20," 19 June 2019 Overall, though, the book’s tone is less bombastic than his first. Seth Stern, Washington Post, "A venture capitalist’s solutions for our troubled legal system," 7 June 2019 Another ethics complaint Kingston’s bombastic style — this time on social media — has drawn him into yet another ethics complaint. Corbett Smith, Dallas News, "Fight intensifies in second round of East Dallas City Council race between David Blewett, Philip Kingston," 6 June 2019 Bumblebee wasn’t directed by the bombastic Bay: Laika founder and Kubo and the Two Strings director Travis Knight steps in for his live-action feature debut. Bryan Bishop, The Verge, "Bumblebee proves Transformers movies can actually be resonant and emotional," 20 Dec. 2018 The Democrats have not been nearly as bombastic in their opposition to Donald Trump as Republicans were when President Obama was president of the United States. Fox News, "'Angel moms' weigh in on the immigration debate," 24 Aug. 2018 Scholars and senators alike have expressed concern about his bombastic and occasionally vulgar and racially-tinged Manichaeism, particularly in his persistent attacks on a free press. Justin Vaughn, Washington Post, "We asked experts to grade Trump’s first year as a president. Here’s what they said.," 19 Jan. 2018 In addition, and perhaps due in part to Ms. Goldstein’s overly literal translation, Morante’s writing seems often bombastic and repetitive. Lily Tuck, WSJ, "‘Arturo’s Island’ Review: Childhood’s End," 22 Feb. 2019

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First Known Use of bombastic

1660, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for bombastic

bombast + -ic entry 1

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